Monday, November 25, 2013

Teal Project

I haven't had the time to write lately and there have been no new updates on Ayla's case that needed my immediate attention so I have been focused on moving. Last week though something happened in Augusta that shook me to the core and I know it affected many others from here in Maine, especially those in the central Maine area.


 


 Police responded to an apartment on Crosby St. in Augusta. When they got there they found Jillian Jones, 24 dead in the bathroom. She had been stabbed. The only other person in the house at the time was her boyfriend, Justin Pillsbury, 38. He also had what appeared to be self inflicted stab wounds. 



As more of the story unfolded, Pillsbury claims he blacked out and went into a rage after finding Jones on the phone with another man. He stabbed her in the ear, neck, and chin. Upon stabbing her, he tried to reportedly kill himself but the knife was too dull. Apparently, a roommate Michael St Pierre, arrived home right after Pillsbury stabbed Jones to death and proceeded to sharpen the knife for Pillsbury but never called 911 until after leaving the house. Neighbors witnessed the fighting between Jones and Pillsbury, one even stated she went over to the house and saw Pillsbury pushed Jones up against a window and all reported hearing screaming and crying but no one intervened or called 911. Police arrested Pillsbury two days later after he was released from the hospital for treatment of the self inflicted wounds. He denied a bail hearing and awaits trial at the Kennebec County Jail. 



As many of you from here know Maine really is a small community. When someone makes the news, whether in a good way or a bad way, we all seem to either know the person or know someone that knows them and so on and so forth. This case was no different. Justin Pillsbury is my age. We used to spend weekends at the roller skating rink when in jr high school. I didn't know him directly but many of my close friends were close to him. From what I know of Justin back then, he did not seem capable of this. From those who were close to him in the more recent years, they too are still in shock. They didn't think he was capable of this then or now. 

What it goes to show is that no matter how well you think you know someone or what goes on behind the closed doors of their homes, you don't really know unless you are there every minute of every day to witness what happens. Domestic Violence is a major issue in the United States and it needs to stop but we are never going to eradicate those who persuade violence. It just isn't going to happen. Instead we need to speak up and bring attention to the situations we are made aware of. People have to stop being afraid to call the police when they see something that they suspect is domestic violence or even asking if everything is okay to try and diffuse the situation. I can't help but wonder if Jillian could have made it if help had arrived. I can't and don't put the blame on bystanders though, only Justin alone can carry that. It is just frustrating because it seems so senseless. 

Those who knew Jillian best also do not want her death to be in vain and have formed Project Teal to help raise awareness of Domestic Violence in Jillian Jones' name. 


Please take a minute and like this page on Facebook and share this page with your friends. You don't know if someone on your friends list is silently suffering from domestic abuse and is looking for someone to talk to that won't judge or a way out. 

In closing, many of you may remember Jillian Jones from an unfortunate situation a few years ago where her toddler ingested cocaine. I recently read a callous comment on the Portland Press Herald regarding that and in turn minimizing Jillian's death, almost as if it was justified. If I see any comments here I will delete them and not sure why the PPH allowed it to stay. No one here is free from ever making a mistake or having done things they regret. Period. 


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  3. I don't care what mistakes a person has made in their lives, it does not give another permission to hurt/kill the person that made the mistake. Everyone has skeletons in their closets, it doesn't mean that they deserve to die for cleaning out that closet.

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  4. Can someone post a link to where everyone went? The blogs are dead so there must be one I don't know about. If it's a fb page post that too.

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    1. As far as I can tell, most of the formerly vocal against Trista from here moved to a private (underground) spot where they no longer have to deal with anyone who disagrees with them. It can't be much of a discussion, since they all agree. I'm sure they will bore of their one sided chat sooner or later, either that or they will further divide over some minute issue within their issue. Now they have separated themselves from those that believe the DiPietro's are responsible for Ayla's disappearance, their next step is most likely to split hairs over what each of they believe. Either that, or they are talking about other people where those other people can't defend themselves. Any discussion that isn't public, isn't likely to good discussion. There is a reason why they want it hidden from anyone who might disagree.

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    2. We are not against anyone but have chosen to be for Ayla. It is people like you that believe that we have to choose sides in order to discuss but Ayla is the only reason we stick together and pray for her safe return. Staying away from all the negative discussions have helped all of us to stay focused. I guess if you could be pro Ayla then you would be part of us but until people can get off a dead Ayla and believe that she could be out there then you will be the loney one. If you really believe that the police released things to a mother making her believe her daughter is dead but will not arrest someone for it then go for it. There are plenty of blogs that will feed your believes and they love to discuss Ayla being dead. No one should never give up on a child missing including a mother. Never heard of any mother spitting those words out even after all hope was put in their face. A mother's love for their child would never make you think that way so question your thoughts and understand why we took our thoughts to a place where we would not have to argue over things with people like you. We all have a heart and only in this for Ayla, not neither parent.

      Gwen Griffin

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    3. Thank you for your comment, Gwen. You spoke well for those of us that refuse to accuse and condemn. Wishing you a happy 2014.

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    4. Hey, Gwen...why are the searches fo an aliver Ayla mostly all in water? Why aren't LE searching homes, apartments, etc? Especially domiciles connected to Trista and her relatives and friends?

      I, for one am glad you all have your secret society where you can discuss matters with like-minded people...can you guess why? You and your friends are boringly dense.

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    5. Spoken like the dense feller you have been throughout this sad story. How many times did it take for you to get that Trista did do something in those 59 days to connect with her child! Wait! You are still hoveringt around that question.

      Plus, you are the biggest drama queen on the boards. "I'm leaving, not to return. People are not nice. Don't look for me here anymore! I won't be back you mean guys. I take my leave of all of you because people are just meanies!" Eee gads! It's always been all about you. Not.

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    6. Oh I am so hurt by your words not.You gotta do better than that.

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    7. Thanks Dana for being there for Ayla. This arguing is like telling someone that believes in God that e does not exist. We know there is a God and we believe that Ayla could be out there some where. Are we suppose to just turn our back on her because her mother says there is blood all over her father's house? Then tell me why he is not in jail. You ask us so many questions why not answer ours. Our seem so more simple then yours.

      I will not turn my back on maybe Ayla being out there but some are taking the word of a police department that gives out evidence to a drug out mother that was sleeping with a man right after she found out the so call blood info. Look at the timing of the birth of her last son. Really she is out having sex and if that info was that bad she should have been crying on his shoulder instead of naked in his bed. She was crying all over the tv for the police to give her the info and they had already given it to Justin and said after his meeting that things were good between them. They did not mention anything about his guilt after that meeting but would not even show it to her until she begs. Hmm wonder why? Answer that one.

      Boy I wish I could get back to my friends on our secret place. They understand the truth.

      Gwen Griffin

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    8. Gwen, what's your dog in this fight against Trista? I'll bet that you know none of the families involved -- just as most most of the rest of us do not. Why is Trista such a bugaboo to you? Simply because you don't approve of her sleeping around? Because you think she's a media whore? Because you have her pegged as just wanting some (good or bad) attention from the love of her life, Justin?

      Let's say all three are true expressions about Trista's conduct: do any of those accusations leveled against her prove Trista took Ayla and is hiding her? Do any prove that Trista caused Ayla to shed blood as she wandered aimlessly throughout the DiPietro house -- bedroom to living room to basement and out to Justin's truck with a bleeding Ayla?

      Your hatred of Trista is, to me, unreasonable in the light of in what particular house Ayla's blood was found. And who in that place "slept through" Ayla's abduction.

      This evidence of sleeping through the crime was accounted for by the three who were recently named individually by the MSP "for are not telling all they know". Why do you think anyone would remain silent in the face of their missing child/niece? And in Courtney's case, her (then) future husband's daughter?

      I do get it that you do not approve of Trista's lifestyle...but you seem to have no such condemnation of Justin's sexual promiscuity and general irresponsibility. I find that obvious bias a little lopsided. Maybe you just hate women who, in your perception, are immoral, whether they're actually criminals or not. Trista's the big bad slut in your eyes and must be guilty of something, but poor Justin is merely unfairly targeted and misunderstood?

      You do realize that Trista has never (even in her public reporting of the blood she said was found throughout the Violette house) EVER been called out by LE as lying or not being "forthcoming".

      Yet, Trista is your number one evil person in this whole sad affair. And mostly not for any of the reasons Justin has been cited for ( such as covering up a crime, or lying to LE) but because Trista sleeps around too much when she should be out looking for her daughter.

      Again I am confused by your position as Justin has done practically zilch to find his daughter. You seem to continually get your knickers in a knot whenever Trista opens her mouth. An act, btw, which missing children's orgs. say is th singlee most important thing a parent can do in finding their missing child.

      It's funny. Not Ha-ha, but peculiar. You believe, unlike many of us, that Ayla is MERELY MISSING and just has to be found. Brought home to the people who really love her. Yes, Gwen, you believe AYLA IS ALIVE and you still want her mother to remain silent, unseen, and hiding out like her father not going to the public or the media to keep Ayla's name before LE and the public? It's a questionable position for you to to maintain, isn't it? You want Ayla to be found, but everybody keep quiet until she is. How does that work?

      Maybe I will change my mind and decide that you do know the DiPietros and you are simply an advocate for them whether their stories, and non-action make any sense or not.

      In that case, I can see why you feel at home with your friends who also seek only to vent about Trista faults and mind meander about "Ayla coming home" while ignoring anything that LE has said about the case, Especially "No abduction took place". Pity that the FBI and the MSP did not call you and like-minded friends in to forensically examine the site, and test the blood. Just an oversight on their part, I'm sure.

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  5. I apologize, I haven't had time to update here lately but will after the new year. Justice for Ayla on Facebook is still active

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  6. There is not much going on, what more is there to say or to add? The person -or people- who holds the answer is still not speaking and the police doesn't have enough evidence to prosecute him although they know Ayla was badly injured in his basement. It's sad beyond sad, and so so unfair...

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    1. I have to agree if what you have stated is the case, but if she was not injured badly in his basement, then what you said is sad beyond sad and so unfair. just saying.

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    2. Dana...just wanted to wish you and your family a very Merry Christmas (or whatever holiday you may observe...if any). You are never far from my thoughts when I think of those that have worked tirelessly to find answers in this case with an open mind and open heart.

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    3. Thank you Mckeekitty We observe Christmas. I think of you often you are such a great friend and advocate for not only Ayla but Justice as well. I wish you all the best and the happiest Christmas ever. From Mr and Mrs Dana B.
      ps I miss the gang and wish all of them a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year. May 2014 bring us all the answers we seek.

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    4. Merry Christmas, kitty and Dana. I think of you both often. I am very saddened that Ayla is not home for Christmas, nor do we have answers.

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  7. Merry Christmas to all that have kept Ayla in their daily thoughts and have not given up hope that one day she will return to the ones that truly love her.

    Gwen Griffin

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  8. Hope you had a nice holiday Foil and Gwen! Yes...there is always hope that we'll get answers. Keep the faith!

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    1. Thanks. Mine was perfect. Wish this cold would go away so I could sit and blog with yall but it hurts to sit up here for long and trying to save me for work.

      Gwen Griffin

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  9. The police are sure enough that Ayla is deceased to state publicly that we are not likely to find Ayla alive. That, plus the fact that the police state that the three adults in the home that night are not telling all they know, gives all of us a strong indication of what the truth is. Some won't want to see it until they can no longer believe any other option. That's ok, it doesn't take away from the likelihood that Ayla was harmed in the DiPietro home and that the DiPietro's, Courtney and most likely Derek Tudela know exactly what happened to Ayla and where she is hidden. It's not wrong to have hope, but it's not wrong to be realistic, either. Let those who wish to hold out until the truth comes out do so. We all hold on to hope, but there comes a point for everyone where the obvious can no longer be ignored. What I wonder, is how those that held out hope, made posters at the request of the DiPietro family and friends and looked for an alive Ayla, how they will feel when the truth is out and it's an absolute that the DiPietro's withheld the truth all along? Sooner or later, the truth always comes out. I feel sadness for the perpetrators of the crimes against Ayla, for surely justice will be served and those that pat you on the back right now and tell you that everything will be alright, are going to look at you in a totally different manner. Lies all come crashing down eventually. It's really what we are all waiting for. The truth.

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  10. Diedre from U4A,
    the problem as I see it is ...you are THE PROBLEM, and then some.

    you said...
    ....… Instead of spreading false information we should be focusing on the real terrorists here…JD and his accomplices the people that terrorized and killed a 20 month old little girl.....

    That is far worse than false information,

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